I'm a sophomore who's planning on pursuing a major in either early childhood ed or elementary ed and I want to find extracurriculars to strengthen my resume. I'm involved in tutoring, I'm a camp counselor during the summer, and I also work at a theatre company and help out with the youth productions. Besides these what else would look good on an application?
The first thing that came to mind, was tutoring, but as you already have it, more unique extracurriculars orientated to this major can be an internship at a local elementary school. Getting an internship is not as hard as some belief, you just have to look for them, for instance, try reaching out to a local school and offer them help.
Another extracurricular can be being a member of a foundation related to kids, such as foundations helping low-funded schools, etc.
Regardless, I believe that the 2 extracurriculars you mentioned were great and very useful for that major!
Best of luck!
Hi there @jules15,
Other users gave great answers, but I wanted to add the following article for you to look through for more ideas: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-become-a-teacher-steps-to-take-from-high-school/
The section titled 'High School' has good ideas like shadowing a teacher, Girl Scouts, volunteering for community groups like Girls Who Code, babysitting, and more.
There's also a bunch of additional tips on navigating this career path. Hope this helps!
If you stick with the activities and take on more of a leadership position within them, those sound great! I'm a senior who is finishing up all of my submissions, and one thing I know is that while you should have some extracirriculars relating to the field of the major you're applying to, colleges are more so just looking for a kid with passion and drive, who excells at a particular activity. For specific advice, maybe try and direct a youth production at the Theater Company (or something like that, I'm not sure what leadership oppurtunities are available there), and since you're still in the 10th grade, you could found a club at your school that provides services (reading picture books, etc.) at local elementary schools or maybe hospitals. Honestly, you could just form a Baby Sitters Club with you and your friends and that would look good. All these things would make your application stand out, but a college isn't going to not consider you just because you're extracirriculars aren't specified to the major you're applying to :) Good luck!
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